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52 Minute Challenge
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Students get one class period (52 minutes) to find a real problem on campus, document it, develop a solution and prepare a market-based presentation to be peer-reviewed the next day. The main goal of this project is to highlight the importance of collaboration when working under a tight deadline - a common situation in today's working world.

This project integrates engineering, design and business concepts and meets learning standards from 9th to 12th grade.

Subject:
Applied Science
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Physical Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Interactive
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Allen Distinguished Educators
Date Added:
11/04/2015
Air: Design a Parachute for a Lego Person
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This STEM challenge can be used during an air unit. Students work together in groups to create a parachute for a lego person. Students are able to find ways to best maximize air resistance. The students need to find the best way to increase the time that the lego person stays in the air when dropped from the second floor to the first floor.

Subject:
Engineering
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jessica Redcay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Angular Velocity: Sweet Wheels
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Students analyze the relationship between wheel radius, linear velocity and angular velocity by using LEGO(TM) MINDSTORMS(TM) NXT robots. Given various robots with different wheel sizes and fixed motor speeds, they predict which has the fastest linear velocity. Then student teams collect and graph data to analyze the relationships between wheel size and linear velocity and find the angular velocity of the robot given its motor speed. Students explore other ways to increase linear velocity by changing motor speeds, and discuss and evaluate the optimal wheel size and desired linear velocities on vehicles.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
James Muldoon
Jigar Jadav
Kelly Brandon
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Bats
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In this 7 day unit, students study bats and their important role in our ecosystem, research the need for conservation efforts, and design and build a bat house.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Nancy Stahlschmidt
Valery Festa
Date Added:
12/17/2018
Catapult Challenge
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This is a really fun and informative lesson that I do with my high school Programming/technology class to break up the monotony of beginner programming. However; this lesson can be used and applied in essentially any class and for many purposes, and to address many areas. One of the other really nice things about this lesson is that it can be extended to hit many points including physics, math, and advanced engineering.

Throughout the building period, I would present teams with a challenge (puzzle, build, etc…) and the first team to complete it would get a prize. It could be more modification time, extra materials, etc…)

The materials (including hot glue guns) can be purchased at Wal Mart or a similar store for around $20-25, if ordering through your district isn’t an option. With those purchases, it gives you a lot more materials than needed which can be used for additional similar projects.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Timothy Barnes
Date Added:
12/05/2018
The Egg-cellent Egg Launch
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In this activity, students will learn about and apply the Laws of Physics to successfully launch and land a raw egg. The activity frames the problem around designing and building a bottle rocket that will protect a raw egg being launched into the air at least seven meters. Resources included in this lesson are found at the bottom of this document and include:

-Teacher guide
-Physics note sheets on motion, speed, velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, friction, Newton’s Laws of Motion, potential and kinetic energy and gravity.
-Egg Launch Instructions
-Link to Bottle Rocket Launching Instructions
-Links to videos
-Post Assessment

Subject:
Engineering
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Unit of Study
Author:
Jennifer Ennis
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Einstein Project
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The “Einstein Project” is a framework that is designed to help you find a solution to an everyday problem that makes you passionate in your thinking and designing. This project is designed to make you think outside of the box as active learners and create solutions in uncommon ways, forget about failing or succeeding and take chances.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Graphic Arts
Visual Arts
Management
Marketing
Agriculture
Electronic Technology
Graphic Design
Manufacturing
Welding
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Student Guide
Author:
Dan Moyer
Date Added:
09/25/2018
Engineering Design - Paper Bridge
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In this activity, students will learn about and apply the engineering design process to solve a problem. The activity frames the problem around designing, building and testing a paper bridge that maximizes the weight it holds.

Resources included in this lesson are found at the bottom of this document and include:
- Teacher guide
- Engineering Notebook Document
- Design Process Presentation
- Design Process Note Sheets
- Links to videos
- Pre/Post Assessment

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Author:
Alexandrea Dunkelberger
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Engineering Design Process Gingerbread Houses
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Architecture is the practice of designing and building structures. Architecture can vary in its scope from functional bridges, houses and buildings to the aesthetic principles of landscape architecture. Architecture is a human endeavor that spans thousands of years. Students will be introduces to Engineering Design Process via the study of Architecture and building their own gingerbread house

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Marsha Hughes
Ellie Taraborrelli
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Engineering Design Prototype - Simple Machines
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In this activity, students will learn about and apply the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem. While working through the steps of the Engineering Design process they will focus on defining the criteria and constraints of a design problem, learn about scientific principles of simple machines, understand tool and machine safety, and create a prototype solution to the problem. The activity frames the problem around researching, designing, building and testing a prototype that is built with at least one simple machine that will launch a ball into a target. At end of unit students test their prototypes and present their findings of working through the process.

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Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
Author:
Jana Bonds
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Fairy Tale Engineering with Simple Machines
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In this unit, students will use the engineering design process and their understanding of how simple machines work to help fairytale characters solve problems. Each lesson focuses on one fairytale and one simple machine.

Subject:
Engineering
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Sara Bowers
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Genetically Engineered Animals!
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Ligers exist! But, why does a liger look like a mystical creature? Students will design a simulated genetically engineered animal for a biotechnology engineering firm, which creates newanimals.

Subject:
Engineering
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Sarah Cummings
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Go Green: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, and Re-design a Plastic Grocery Bag
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This is a STEM unit that can be used in conjunction with ITEEA EbD TEEMS Grade 2 Our Environment, Our Health Unit. Further, teachers might want to use this STEM Unit with environmental units and Earth Day. Students learn about their positive and negative impact on their environment. Students learn that they can have a positive impact on their environment when they use the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Redesign process.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jessica Redcay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
KNex Challenge
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Students are grouped into 3-4 and each given a K’Nex building challenge card. Students first attempt to persuade their “architecture firm” to build their project/challenge. This is the “elevator pitch” of individuals. Each “architecture firm” votes on project/challenge to pursue and then collaboratively builds it. This requires negotiation communication skills within collaboration to get individual ideas to converge into a single build. Then students work through the engineering design process to complete the structure. At the end, students show off and explain their structures to the rest of the class.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Samantha Bolles
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Learn 3D Design Using Tinkercad
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This series of lessons will teach all of the key features in Tinkercad, a free, web-based 3D design platform. When you have finished the lessons you will have a comprehensive knowledge of how to design/draw in 3D. After that all you need is practice to improve your skills.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Computer Science
Graphic Arts
Visual Arts
Electronic Technology
Graphic Design
Educational Technology
Elementary Education
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Tom Guellich
Date Added:
09/25/2018
Learning the 4Cs Through Literacy-Based STEM
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In this unit, students will learn about the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, creation, and critical thinking) through literature-based engineering challenges. Each lesson focuses on one "C" and one read-aloud. This unit is geared for grades 2-3 but could be adapted to any elementary grade level.

COMMUNICATION - Click Clack Moo

COLLABORATION - Iggy Peck Architect

CRITICAL THINKING - Rosie Revere Engineer

CREATION - Galimoto

Subject:
Engineering
Literature
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Sara Bowers
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Literature Based STEM - Book List & Corresponding Activities
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Literature Based STEM - Book List & Corresponding Activities:

Looking for grab-and-go elementary STEM lessons? Looking for a read-aloud to hook an existing STEM lesson? Trying to build a STEM library? Search the spreadsheet by titles, authors, big ideas, themes, and lessons. Whether you are a STEM specialist or a classroom teacher, these lessons will work for you.

Subject:
Applied Science
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Arts and Humanities
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Sara Bowers
Jessica Redcay
janemarie mckay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Mini Car Design Challenge
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This engineering design challenge is a great hands-on activity that utilizes the engineering design process, 3D modeling, and 3D printing technology. The challenge can be completed individually or in groups of 2 to 3. Students will work to complete the following challenge: Using the design process, design, document, model, and produce a toy car with interchangeable parts.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Zach Potter
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Oil Spill Simulation
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Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and investigate the effects of an “oil spill” in a water body. In a simulated “ocean” (a pan of water), students will drop a small amount of oil into the water and see the effects and interaction. In an introduction to the workshop, students discuss sources of pollution and oil contamination in water bodies – from point sources (tanker spills) and non-point sources (vehicle run-off). A brief discussion on preventing and cleaning up oil contamination will lead into the activity, in which the students will use a variety of materials to see what method works best for recovering the most oil from the water.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jamie Hitz
Date Added:
12/05/2018
PVSTEM9 Slow Car Challenge - How Slow Can You Go?
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Build the slowest moving LEGO car (or other vehicle dependent on gears and moves at a constant velocity), predict exactly when and where that will crash into another one a set distance apart.
Combines Physics, Tech Ed, and Algebra I concepts very well.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Rob Webb
Date Added:
12/06/2018
PVSTEM9 Year at a Glance
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An overview of the STEM 9 program at Pequea Valley High School in Lancaster County, PA. Most 9th grade learners take this course which teaches Algebra I math concepts via physics concepts and tech ed building.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Algebra
Physics
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Rob Webb
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Random Shakespearean Insult Generator Lesson
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This lesson integrates coding and computer science into English Language Arts for the purpose of fostering appreciation of Shakespearean wit and language and to provide students exposure to coding. Students first choose words that carry insulting connotations from a Shakespearean play and then create a program that randomly generates insults based upon those found words. Swift Playgrounds, Scratch, or Raspberry Pi are recommended resources for creating this project, and links to projects are provided for each of these platforms. Sample code and directions are provided. Students who are beginning to learn coding may complete the code while more advanced individuals may modify the program or create their own.

Subject:
Computer Science
Literature
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Barnabei
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Raystown Lake UBD
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Students will learn about the water cycle, watersheds, and point and non-point source pollution. Students will then apply this knowledge to take a position in the debate about the proposed development at Hawn's Bridge Peninsula at Raystown Lake and write a letter to the editor expressing their opinion.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Communication
Environmental Studies
Composition and Rhetoric
Ecology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Module
Author:
Lorenn Schouppe-Wright
Date Added:
12/06/2018
STEM BreakoutEDU- Saving the Golden Frogs
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The full Breakout EDU is available on the Breakout EDU platform. Students work through different STEM-based challenges. Students create a 3D shape cage. Students measure frogs, and students code a path. At beginning of the Breakout EDU the teacher reads aloud a book about Golden Frog.

Subject:
Engineering
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jessica Redcay
Date Added:
12/05/2018
STEM Magnetic Raceway
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In this activity, students will use their knowledge of area and perimeter to create a racetrack. Once they have the correct specifications they will guide their car through the track using the properties of magnets.

Subject:
Engineering
Geometry
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jamie Hitz
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Stormwater Management in Residential Properties
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This problem- based learning lesson looks at the increase of stormwater runoff due to effects of humans continuing to develop more and more of the landscape by building roads, streets, sidewalks, factories, etc. Students will analyze the benefits of using green infrastructure to reduce the amount of runoff in their community and increase biodiversity. Each lab group will play the role of a resident in a community. Their goal is to use the engineering design process to create a model showing how they will decrease stormwater runoff and increase biodiversity. The lesson ends with each lab group presenting their green infrastructure plan to a board. Please note that this lesson focuses specifically on the City of Lancaster in PA, however, documents can be modified depending your specific location.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Author:
Carly Kessler
Date Added:
12/06/2018
Think Outside the Bottle
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The Challenge:
The challenge is to design and build a water filtration device using commonly available materials. To meet this challenge,
students use an iterative repeating process as they build, test, and measure the performance of the filtration
device, analyze the data collected, and use this information to work towards an improved filtration design. It is the
same design process used by engineers and scientists working on ECLSS for NASA. Although students will work in
teams of two–three, they are encouraged to think of their entire class as a single design team working cooperatively
and learning from the efforts of all members in order to produce the best water filtration device.
Students measure the effectiveness of their filtration device using pH test strips. Detailed plans and a complete materials list are provided.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
heather mahon (berk)
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Turkey Trap Ozobot Challenge
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Students will create a route for their ozobot to travel using parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines. They will also create a "trap" to catch the turkey on the route.

Subject:
Engineering
Geometry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jamie Hitz
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Unit Honey Bee- Module 1-3
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Students will examine ways declining bee population can impact day to day life, by considering how the cost of honey and pollination has been affected society Students will create real-world problems that relate to statistics on the declining bee population.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Mathematics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Marsha Hughes
Michelle Dietz
Julia Bennett Grise
Date Added:
12/17/2018
What Makes Things Move?
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Students will use an inquiry based approach to discover and reinforce how things move. They will discover that a push and a pull are a pair of forces that put things into motion. They will also investigate how friction is a force that slows an object in motion.

Subject:
Applied Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Alexis Ketner
Date Added:
12/05/2018
amusementparkSTEM
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--In this activity student will create an amusement park ride out of KNEX that displays a certain type of motion. They will describe their ride. They will then place it in the correct spot on the map by writing the name of it on the worksheet. After all groups have their rides labeled on the map- students should fill in the lines section of the worksheet- identifying parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.

Subject:
Geometry
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jamie Hitz
Date Added:
12/06/2018